View Comments Tariffs, labor shortages bring unprecedented rise in the cost of local building projects. The current one, he says, is a lot like previous ones, with one big exception. As the Portland metro area has climbed out of the Great Recession and the pace of construction has amped up, problems associated with shortages of prime land, skilled workers and close-in areas to dump rocks and soil and demolition debris have created challenges for contractors and their subcontractors looking to keep projects on track. But the addition of the Trump administration's tariffs on building materials coming into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, China and the EU has added a new pressure to the mix. "If it was just a busy market, the price (of materials) would nudge up but still be kind of predictable," Hughes said. "But with tariffs, you don't know what they're going to be moment to moment." In the past few weeks, one highly touted project — the mass-timber building called Framework … [Read more...] about Local construction costs moving on up, up, up
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Brandon Holveck The News Journal Published 2:04 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 A new Brandywine Zoo "master plan" would expand the current facility with 17 new exhibits, including ones for otters and eagles, as well as add a new animal hospital, a quarantine facility and a new entrance. It would include touches such as a children's slide through the otter exhibit and an area where children can feed flamingos. "That's a visceral experience you won't get in a book," said Zoo Director Brint Spencer. If funded, the project could take a decade and cost between $10 and $13 million, but the master plan was the first step toward asking for money from donors and sponsors, Spencer said. The zoo's goal is to differentiate itself within a competitive region and to stem the loss of visitors, who have declined 28 percent in two years. The Brandywine Zoo competes with the Philadelphia Zoo, which is almost four times the size, Baltimore's National … [Read more...] about Brandywine Zoo unveils $13 million master plan, and will start construction on phase 1 soon
By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 2, 2018 at 8:00 am | UPDATED: June 2, 2018 at 8:01 am ANAHEIM — It didn’t happen as quickly as hoped, but the transformation of a former lighting factory beside the 91 freeway into the multi-service, 200-bed Bridges at Kraemer Place transitional shelter for homeless people is close to completion. During a guided tour for news organizations on Friday, June 1, county officials and providers used words like “model” and “gold standard” to describe the makeover of the 30,000-square-foot facility and supportive services. The shelter began operating in April 2017 with 100 bunk beds available. Construction to convert the warehouse-style building has continued over the past year. At completion in a month or so, the facility will include an on-site medical clinic and pharmacy, meals prepared in a full-service, industrial kitchen, a computer room outfitted with six stations, and a … [Read more...] about Is the Bridges at Kraemer Place transitional center in Anaheim a ‘model’ for future homeless shelters in Orange County?
acilo/Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. California just became the first state to mandate solar panels on nearly all new residential homes. The mandate is part of California’s “Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan,” which includes the goal that both residential and commercial construction be zero net energy by 2030—meaning the buildings’ annual energy usage is either less than or equal to the renewable energy generated onsite. California was also the first state to require net zero energy through building code. The solar panel requirement, which applies to new single and multi-family home construction up to three stories high, was included in an update to the state’s building energy efficiency standards. The California Energy Commission approved the standards today and they will become effective January 1, 2020. California has been a leader in statewide initiatives to combat climate … [Read more...] about California Just Became the First State to Require Solar Panels on New Residential Construction
By Elizabeth Harper/DealNews Sorry, deal hunters, but in 2018 you'll likely see price increases that will hurt your pocketbook. Fortunately, the first step to avoiding high prices is to be aware of them. This lets you put off purchases or look for more economical alternatives. So let's run down the list of products and services that are likely to be pricier in 2018, from luxuries like your favorite tech gadgets to essentials like groceries and medicine. Smartphones It doesn't take a math whiz to see that smartphone prices are on the rise. Just look at the latest flagship phones: the $849 Google Pixel 2 XL (last year's model cost $769), the $929 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (last year's model cost $850) and the $999 iPhone X (last year's iPhone 7 Plus cost $769). And those prices are just for the base models, so you may pay more. The problem isn't that the technology is getting more expensive -- it's that smartphone makers increasingly add high-end (and pricey) new features to lure us … [Read more...] about 8 things that will cost more in 2018